Oklahoma legislators will discuss a bill on Tuesday that, if passed, would require a pregnant woman to get written permission from a man to get an abortion. The Oklahoma bill is the latest of many bizarre anti-abortion initiatives to be debated at the state level, says abortions could not be performed “without the written informed consent of the father of the fetus.”
Thirteen states have closed primaries, which means that only Democrats can vote in Democratic primaries and Republicans in Republican contests.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling last week that a Ten Commandments monument must be removed from the grounds of the state Capitol prompted outrage, drew praise and posed a question: Will controversy over religious displays ever end?
“The prisoners failed to identify a known and available alternative method of execution that entails a lesser risk of pain, a requirement of all Eighth Amendment method-of-execution claims.”
The waters are inundating rivers across four states, bringing new flood worries for weeks ahead as the torrents barrel toward the Gulf of Mexico.
Bates has been charged with manslaughter by local prosecutors, who say his negligence led to Harris’ death. He faces up to four years in prison if convicted.
A white reserve deputy accidentally shot an unarmed black man with a gun instead of a Taser, and Oklahoma law enforcement officials berated the man as he lay dying on the ground.
Jon Stewart noticed that conservative media will treat news stories about racism as all being isolated incidents — and there sure do seem to be a lot of isolated incidents going on.
Right-wing Senator Jim Inhofe has become an unlikely ally for Democrats in the transportation debate.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court unanimously voted to put a hold on a state law restricting abortions until the issue has been argued in a lower court.
Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the wildest attacks, conspiracy theories, and other loony behavior from the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five: 5. Phil Robertson As ISIS continues to wage a campaign of terror across the Middle East, Fox News’ Sean Hannity turned to the one man […]
By Jessica Moulden, Stateline.org WASHINGTON — Overwhelmed by severe drought, the Oklahoma legislature passed a law this year to help communities make the most of their water resources by treating and reusing wastewater. As drought spread over 80 percent of the state, Oklahoma cities expressed interest in reusing water but lacked clear guidance from the […]
By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times For the second time, a federal appeals court panel in Denver has upheld same-sex marriage by striking down Oklahoma’s ban on gay marriage. In the 2-1 ruling released Friday, a three-judge panel held in the Oklahoma case that the U.S. Constitution protects same-sex marriage. The ruling comes after the […]
His family doesn’t know if Zack actually heard any of it firsthand. Maybe he was at that City Council meeting (some people swear he was) or maybe not. Either way, they figure he probably knew about the things that were said, how his neighbors in the small town of Norman, Oklahoma, paraded to the microphone […]
By Matt Pearce and Ryan Parker, Los Angeles Times Convicted killers in Georgia and Missouri were executed late Tuesday about an hour apart, marking the first executions in the U.S. since the botched lethal injection of an Oklahoma prisoner in April. Shortly before midnight in Georgia, Marcus Wellons, 59, was executed by lethal injection after a […]
By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times A preliminary autopsy, carried out by a pathologist retained by Oklahoma death row prisoners, rejects the state’s explanation of a blown vein as the reason an inmate writhed in pain during a botched execution and puts the blame on Oklahoma officials for the problems. The autopsy of Clayton Lockett, […]
By Timothy M. Phelps, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The death penalty should be overhauled “from the moment of arrest to the moment of death,” and the lethal drug cocktail used in Oklahoma’s botched execution last week should be abolished in favor of a single drug, according to a bipartisan panel of criminal justice experts. The […]
No species in nature kills its own kind more often or more creatively than humans do, yet we cannot seem to devise a reliably swift, painless method of capital punishment. Oklahoma’s bungled execution of Clayton Lockett is the latest death-chamber debacle. After receiving a supposedly lethal injection, the convicted murderer began writhing and mumbling, and […]